Eating our way around Vermont

This past weekend was Yom Kippur. Considering I don’t have a great track record of keeping fasts (flashback to freshman year, when I went straight from Hillel services to the New England Dessert Showcase…), I didn’t even attempt this year. In fact, I pretty much did the complete opposite. Instead of laying in bed thinking about food for the majority of the day, I drove 2 hours north to VT on a touristy food adventure with two of the other interns #worstjewever (…Except maybe not? Stereotypically I was just doing what Jews do best?).

Being the OCD planner I am, I mapped out a plan so we could be as efficient as possible with our time. Though the drive was rainy, it was absolutely gorgeous driving there as the leaves are changing. There is nothing like fall foliage in New England.

Our first stop was brunch at King Arthur Flour’s bakery/store/cafe, which broke up our trip because it was an hour away. From the cafe area, I bought a ham and cheese croissant, cappuccino, and two flourless chocolate walnut cookies to go.

Joyful indeed.

Joyful indeed.

The factory

The factory

That’s right. I bought FLOUR-LESS chocolate cookies at King Arthur FLOUR. Oops.

Amen.

Amen.

We then walked around the store a bit. I obviously wanted to buy everything in site, but I resisted. The store has a full demo kitchen with employees making food nonstop for shoppers to enjoy; the garlic rosemary foccacia was delicious, fresh out of the oven. I ended up settling with a not-too-expensive purchase: a pumpkin cookie cutter (I figured with Pumpkinfest coming up soon, I’d probably want to make pumpkin-shaped cookies at some point) and a King Arthur Flour popover kit. I’ve never made popovers myself so I’m excited to try it soon.

History and stuff

History and stuff

Queen

Queen

Garlic rosemary foccacia fresh out of the oven

Garlic rosemary foccacia fresh out of the oven

From King Arthur, we continued north to Waterbury, the home of Ben and Jerry’s. As it was a rainy Saturday in a touristy area, it was packed. The tour wait was an hour, so we bought our tickets and wandered around a bit, paying a visit to the ‘Flavor Graveyard.’ This was such a creative touristy gimic I loved everything about this morbid ice cream personification.

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The rain really fit the mood

The rain really fit the mood

They all sounded pretty delicious to me :(

They all sounded pretty delicious to me 😦 #RIP

We still had a half hour to kill and it was too crowded to just hang out and wait inside, so we got back in the car and drove a mile up the road to our next destination, the Cabot cheese annex store. We spent the next 20 minutes waiting in line to try about 20 different cheese cubes, and then had about 4 minutes to stuff our faces with tiny cubes before racing back to the car (literally, running in the rain) to get back to Ben and Jerry’s in time for our tour. Our timing was perfect and we began our tour of the ice cream factory.

cheese on cheese on cheese

cheese on cheese on cheese

Unfortunately, they don’t actually make ice cream on Saturdays, so after watching a 10ish minute video about the company’s history, we learned about the ice cream making process from our tour guide while overlooking the silent, motionless factory. After this educational part, we went into a tasting area (the best part obviously) for some Q&A and samples. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to choose the sample flavor (it changes every day so you get what you get), but it was strawberry cheesecake which I liked and is a flavor I would never actually buy myself at the store, so it was good to try something new and different (as in, not my usual B&J Half Baked froyo). I didn’t complain. There were leftover samples after everyone had gotten their’s, so I took one for the team and got a second sample cup #noshame.

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yum

yum

Strawberry cheesecake :)

Strawberry cheesecake 🙂

With the B&J truck!

With the B&J truck!

We got back in the car and, once again, drove to Cabot because the first time was too rushed to thoroughly enjoy the store and actually shop around. I bought a block of cheese (one of the flavors I had tried from the sample area) because I couldn’t not. It was hard to just pick one. Of course, their cheese is sold at all the grocery stores around Keene, but I wanted to buy Cabot cheese actually from Cabot. The store also sells cheese ‘accessories,’ if you will, such as wine, beer, crackers, cheese plates, etc.

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Next to Cabot is Lake Champlain Chocolates (they even share a parking lot). I hadn’t heard of this company before, but I am not one to turn down a chocolate shop. The chocolates were pricey so I limited myself to a tiny 2-truffle box and settled on a pumpkin-filled truffle and a white chocolate raspberry truffle. They lasted less than 24 hours and were delicious. If and when I see their chocolates in stores around here, I would definitely buy their products in the future.

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❤

Our next stop was Cold Hollow Cider Mill, yet another short mile down the road. Again, it was packed with the same tourists we had seen at Ben and Jerry’s and Cabot, but enjoyable nonetheless. We were definitely disappointed by the cider donuts; we had been very much looking forward to them (you can smell the delicious cinnamon-sugar fried goodness from the parking lot) and they just weren’t as good as it smelled (the cider donuts from Alyson’s 3 weeks ago were way better). I did, however, enjoy a free sample of cider, watched the cider being pressed, and bought a half gallon of cider to take home with me. And, bonus–it’s pasteurized!

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Free samples YAY

Free samples YAY

At least at the Cider Mill they were actually making cider on the weekend (cough cough B&J...)

At least at the Cider Mill they were actually making cider on the weekend (cough cough B&J…)

Not so yummy donuts, but fun to watch anyway.

Not so yummy donuts, but fun to watch anyway.

Rainy apples

Rainy apples

Our last stop was the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center. The building looks like an old train station that was converted into a coffee shop–very cool. We walked around a bit, listened to a short tour video (that we definitely didn’t pay for…whoops), got some samples, and headed back to the car for our 2 hour drive back to Keene.

Caffeinating before our drive home.

Caffeinating before our drive home.

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Green Mountain coffee IN the Green Mountains!

No shame–I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hungry by the time I got home…

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Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

Well my first flog post since moving to NH is actually going to be about VT…whoops.

Now that I’ve moved to Keene for a year for my dietetic internship, I’m going to try to take advantage of all this area has to offer. Keene has a farmers’ market that I have yet to visit, but our program directors highly recommended the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings only a half hour away.

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So it was decided. I would go with two other girls in the program (yay! new foodie friends!) early Saturday morning to A) get there before the rush and B) beat the rain. The drive was super easy, no complaints there. We parked and then headed into the rectangular ring of colorful booths, tables, and tents that had been set up.

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One of our program directors had even emailed us a detailed list of vendors she likes/knows personally, so that helped guide us around a bit, and it gave us something to talk about with certain vendors which is always a more enjoyable experience.

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Unique to this farmers’ market, I was surprised by the number of booths selling Asian cuisine…? Seemed kind of random/unexpected. There were several booths set up selling thai food, and even one selling dim sum. I did not order anything but both Becca and Jackie got scallion pancakes which they liked.

Scallion pancake

Scallion pancake

Dim sum, what are you doing here?

Dim sum, what are you doing here?

I stuck to my sweet tooth and visited the lady selling delicious smelling pastries at the Wild Flower Bakery table. I ordered a walnut brownie, dark chocolate souffle/muffin thing, and some blueberry tart dessert (that I somehow didn’t take a picture of). But just take my word for it, they were delicious and looked as great as they tasted.

Instead, here's a picture of gorgeous edible flowers I didn't purchase but wanted to.

Instead, here’s a picture of gorgeous edible flowers I didn’t purchase but wanted to.

Classic VT

Classic VT

From there, I decided I actually had to buy some healthy produce to make up for all the baked goods I had just purchased. After making two loops around to see all the different vendors’ offerings, I decided to get several long rhubarb stalks, fresh rosemary, and raspberries from one vendor, heirloom cherry tomatoes from another, and beets and kale from a third. Needless to say, it was a good call bringing my large grocery bag with me.

Heaven for a bunch of dietetics students

Heaven for a bunch of dietetics students

There were also vendors selling flowers, jewelry, soaps, and other random goodies that reminded me of SOWA but more ‘rustic’ if you will.

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My plan:

Beets–> roasted beet, goat cheese, walnut, golden raisin salad

Kale–> kale chips: Doesn’t really require a recipe, but I did refer to this Food Network one for oven temp etc. just to be safe!

Heirloom cherry tomatoes–> caprese salad: fresh mozzerella, basil, tomatoes, EVOO, balsamic reduction, salt/pepper

Fresh rosemary–> rosemary lemonade

Rhubarb–>Strawberry, rhubarb, peach pie

Raspberries–>plain

 

 

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